LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Genderqueer

February 26, 2015

Marriage success 10 years ago made liberal Canada complacent while anti-gay forces marched on

A debate on changes to Ontario’s sexual education curriculum is shattering the myth of Canada as a role model for inclusivity and diversity and exposing our nasty side.

February 24, 2015

Chhattisgarh will also pay for sex reassignment surgery

In a first for India, Chhattisgarh state has set aside a 2% housing quota for its estimated 3,000 transgender residents.

The move comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court recognized transgender citizens as third gender. In its ruling, the apex court directed governments to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs, education and basic amenities in line with other minorities.

AK Saxena, additional commissioner at the Chhattisgarh housing board, said from now on transgender residents would have the quota in all government housing schemes.

February 20, 2015

'I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied'

California Rep Mike Honda has said he is the 'proud grandpa' of an eight-year-old transgender granddaughter.

The Democrat Wednesday (18 February) tweeted his support along with a photo of himself with his arm around a smiling child with shoulder-length hair.

'As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,' he wrote.

February 19, 2015

Head of the Catholic Church claims those who transition are opposing 'God's order of creation'

Pope Francis has appeared to compare trans and genderqueer people to nuclear weapons, saying both do not 'recognize the order of creation'.

The head of the Catholic Church has claimed people who 'manipulate' their bodies are similar to 'Herods' that 'destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.'

The comments were made in a new book published in Italy, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, calling on Christians to safeguard God's order of creation.

February 16, 2015

Ohio father claimed his child had joined a 'cult', believed to be a reference to the trans or Pagan community

A 22-year-old, believed to be a trans woman, is alleged to have been stabbed to death by her father on Friday night (13 February).

Bri Golec, an artist and drummer from Akron, Ohio, is the seventh known trans person to murdered this year.

The Golec family say Bri was actually Brian, a man, and was not trans. (Note, our policy is not to use previous names for trans people but in respect for the grieving family's wishes and the fact the identity can not be confirmed beyond all doubt, we are including this reference.)

February 13, 2015

Jailed whistleblower is allowed to transition, a first for the armed forces in the US

Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower that leaked military secrets, will be allowed hormone treatment according to reports.

The jailed Wikileaks soldier was approved for gender treatment at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison.

But while this is a first for the Army to allow a jailed soldier hormones to transition, Manning will be forced to keep a 'male' short haircut.

According to the colonel who approved the treatment, Manning will not be allowed to grow her hair as it could be a 'security' risk.

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 12, 2015

Protesters voice their demand for help to end 'systematic violence' against the trans community

Members of San Francisco’s trans community staged a 'die-in' in front of the city hall this week.

More than 20 trans women, dressed in red and black, laid down on the sidewalk and acted dead in a bid to bring attention to the six trans women of color murdered already in 2015.

Hundreds of people - trans and their allies - took part in the rally following the murder of Taja deJesus, a trans woman stabbed to death on the steps outside a Bayview apartment on 1 February.

February 11, 2015

New Orleans woman is shot multiple times and misgendered by police

Penny Proud is the fifth transgender woman of color to be murdered in the US so far this year.

Proud, 21, was shot multiples around 1.30am yesterday (10 February) at an intersection in New Orleans and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police statement that misgendered the victim.

LGBTI youth of color organization BreakOUT! was already in the process of releasing a statement on the recent murders when the news broke.

February 10, 2015

India's fourth largest city sees 40 anti-trans attacks in the last six months

Up to 500 people marched against anti-trans violence over the weekend at the third Hyderabad Pride.

The Hyderabad Queer Swabhimana Pride on Sunday (8 February) was the first large-scale public LGBTI event to be organized in India's fourth largest city after the formation of the new state of Telangana.

The revelers created a festive atmosphere with their singing and dancing but they also conveyed a serious message.

February 7, 2015

Verdict hailed a small but significant victory for the LGBT community in the secularly ruled, traditionally Muslim country

A bathhouse owner has been fined 3,000 Turkish Liras (US$1,212) for refusing a transgender woman entry to the facility.

Ebru Kiranci, a transgender woman, and her female friend were turned away when she tried to enter the 500-year-old traditional Galatasaray bathhouse on Dec 26, 2013 in Istanbul. (Traditional bathhouses in Turkey are typically segregated by gender and are non-sexual.)

Article 122 of the Turkish Penal Code prohibits discrimination based on 'language, race, colour, sex, political opinion, philosophical belief, religion, sect and similar reasons.'

February 6, 2015

'This community should be treated as any other human being'

Nepal's minister for information and communication has said the government is ready to amend discriminatory legal provisions against sexual minorities.

Speaking on Wednesday (4 Febuary) at the first day of a three-day South Asian transgender and hijra consultation in Kathmandu, Minendra Rijal said the government had started the process by issuing passports with a third gender.

February 6, 2015

Defectors reveal what life is like for LGBTI people in the hermit kingdom

Are there gay people in North Korea?

That was the question posed to four defectors on the NK News website, perhaps prompted by a CCTV photo released last month of two male soldiers kissing upward of the DMZ.

All four unidentified defectors confirmed that LGBTI people do indeed exist in the hermit kingdom, but only one had actually met any.

February 4, 2015

Categories of 'male' and 'female' are no longer that important to people under 34

Young people are more likely to believe gender exists on a spectrum, according to a new study.

1,000 of Americans aged 18 to 34 were surveyed on gender, with half believing the binary categories of male and female are too limiting.

They were asked: ‘Some countries, including India, recognize a gender that is neither male nor female. Which more closely aligns with your view?’

January 30, 2015

UK department store will no longer have men's and women's sections

UK department store Selfridges has announced that it will do away with men's and women's sections and instead offer three floors of unisex fashion.

Male and female mannequins will be removed from the shop floor, and beauty products and accessories will also be rearranged when the six-week 'agender' project launches in March.

'We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes,' the store said in a statement.

January 22, 2015

Researchers behind one of 2015's biggest new podcasts Invisibilia will edit future broadcasts of the episode

A trans woman has pushed NPR to edit an 'offensive' podcast about her.

Paige Abendroth, who lives in California, is a subject of one of the 2015's biggest podcasts so far Invisibilia.

Her story, an exploration of how the gender line is far more blurrier than we might first think, was previewed on Radiolab.

January 21, 2015

President Obama calls gay marriage a 'civil right'

US president Barack Obama made history today (21 January) by saying the words 'lesbian,' 'bisexual' and 'transgender' for the first in a state of the union address.

The president said that he pushed for LGBTI rights because 'as Americans, we respect human dignity.'

'That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,' he said.

January 21, 2015

Recent murder of a transgender woman is blamed on state and police apathy

Transgender activists in the Indian city of Hyderabad have called for a panel similar to the Human Rights Commission, citing a rise in anti-trans violence in Telangana state.

The Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi (THTS) collective made the demand on Monday (19 January) after the murder of one of their sisters.

Pavallika, 25, was found dead on a construction site in the early hours of Saturday (17 January) morning.

January 21, 2015

Majority of trans inmates want separate prisons to avoid sexual harassment

Vietnam may house LGBTI prisoners in separate jails to protect them from sexual harassment.

The plan was proposed to the ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute, which has studied gender-related issues for years.

A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender inmates wanted separate jails to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. LGBTI prisoners are at greatest risk of sexual harassment.

The institute cited statistics from California, which showed 67% of LGBTI inmates have suffered sexual harassment.

January 15, 2015

Health Ministry advises driving bans will only be given out in extreme conditions

Russia will allow trans people to drive.

Following a legal decree saying all people who suffer from a 'mental disorder' should stay off the road, a government official has said being trans is not enough of a 'disability'.

Last week, the government announced that anyone suffering from a 'sex disorder' would be ordered to give up their driving license.

January 8, 2015

Stylist is barred from both the male and female sections of the holy site

A transgender woman Monday (5 January) was barred from both the male and female sections of the Western Wall in Israel, the country with the most progressive trans policies in the Middle East.

Stylist Kay Long from Tel Aviv visited Jerusalem with a friend from Madrid, but was refused entry to the female section of the wall by a 'modesty volunteer' who said she was not a woman. She was then yelled away from the men's area.

The Western Wall, or Kotel, is the only remaining part of the Temple Mount and is the holiest site in Judaism.

January 8, 2015

Right wing US Christian writer Gina Miller claims transgender people are possessed by demons in a column about the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn – blaming the high rate of suicide among transgender people not on prejudice against them but on their ‘open rebellion against God’

A US Christian writer and broadcaster has used the death of Leelah Alcorn to attack the LGBTI community and ‘radical homosexual activists’ in a column that claims the teen’s suicide ‘shows [the] tragic folly of “transgender" delusion [sic].’

Miller made the comments in an article published on right wing ‘alternative media’ website RenewAmerica in which she claimed that transgender people had themselves to blame for the high rate of suicide in their community.

January 2, 2015

'Your absence has broken our hearts. The love for you was in the world all along. It sat quiet, waiting'

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

January 2, 2015

‘Love your children’, says Deacon Ray Dever of St Paul Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida

The death last Sunday morning of Leelah Alcorn in Ohio has again led many to question the impact of religious doctrine upon the lives of LGBTI people.

‘We don't support that, religiously,’ said Carla Alcorn – Leelah’s mother – when asked by CNN reporter about her daughter’s desire to transition.